US 20080147568 A1 Abstract A computer-implemented system and method for pricing financial and insurance risks with historically-known or computer-generated probability distributions is disclosed. The method is also used to quantify uncertainty of a variable within any historically known or computer-generated distribution of outcomes.
Claims(86) 1. A computer-implemented method for pricing, with adjustment for risk, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, b) assembling a series of potential future cashflow outcomes, with their respectively paired probabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, d) cumulating the probabilities of the sorted series of outcomes so that the last cumulative probability equals 1, e) applying the inversion of the standard normal distribution to all cumulative probabilities, to provide individual inversely-mapped results, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, h) applying the standard normal cumulative distribution to each shifted result, to create transformed cumulative probability weights, i) decumulating the transformed cumulative probability weights so that the first decumulated weight equals the first cumulative weight, the second decumulated weight equals the second cumulative weight minus the first cumulative weight, the third decumulated weight equals the third cumulative weight minus the second cumulative weight, and so on, continuing until the last decumulated weight equals the last cumulative weight minus the next-to-last cumulative weight, j) multiplying the cashflow values to their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, and k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities. 2. The computer-implemented method of 3. The computer-implemented method of 4. The computer-implemented method of a) applying the payoff function to each projected cashflow outcome of the underlying asset or liability, b) multiplying the resulting payoff values by their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, c) adding these weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the payoff function, d) discounting the undiscounted price by the risk-free interest rate. 5. The computer-implemented method of 6. The computer-implemented method of a) stocks or other equity securities, b) bills, bonds, notes, or other debt securities, c) currencies of various countries, d) commodities of physical, agricultural, or financial delivery, e) asset-backed or liability-linked securities or contractual obligations, f) weather derivatives and other observable physical phenomena whose outcomes can be linked to financial outcomes. 7. The computer-implemented method of 8. The computer-implemented method of 9. The computer-implemented method of 10. The computer-implemented method of 11. The computer-implemented method of 12. The computer-implemented method of 13. The computer-implemented method of a) insurance liabilities and reinsurance contracts, b) insurance-linked contracts, and catastrophe bonds, c) credit instruments, including loans, leases, mortgages, and credit cards, d) account payables and receivables. 14. The computer-implemented method of 15. The computer-implemented method of 16. The computer-implemented method of 17. The computer-implemented method of 18. The computer-implemented method of 19. The computer-implemented method of 20. The computer-implemented method of a) a Student-t cumulative distribution, b) the cumulative distribution of a re-scaled Student-t distribution, c) a mixed-normal cumulative distribution, d) a lognormal cumulative distribution, and e) an empirically-constructed cumulative distribution. 21. A computer-implemented method for pricing, with adjustment for risk, and adjustment for parameter uncertainty, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, b) assembling a series of potential future cashflow outcomes, with their respectively paired probabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, d) cumulating the probabilities of the sorted series of outcomes so that the last cumulative probability equals 1, e) applying the inversion of the standard normal distribution to all cumulative probabilities, to provide individual inversely-mapped results, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, h) applying a Student-t cumulative distribution to each shifted result, to create transformed cumulative probability weights, i) decumulating the transformed cumulative probability weights so that the first decumulated weight equals the first cumulative weight, the second decumulated weight equals the second cumulative weight minus the first cumulative weight, the third decumulated weight equals the third cumulative weight minus the second cumulative weight, and so on, continuing until the last decumulated weight equals the last cumulative weight minus the next-to-last cumulative weight, j) multiplying the cashflow values to their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, and k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities. 22. The computer-implemented method of 23. The computer-implemented method of 24. The computer-implemented method of 25. The computer-implemented method of a) the first is iterated and fixed before the second is further iterated, b) the second is iterated and fixed before the first is further iterated, c) the first and second are iterated consecutively, d) the first and second are iterated simultaneously. 26. The computer-implemented method of a) applying the payoff function to each projected outcome of the underlying asset or liability, b) multiplying the resulting payoff values by their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, c) adding these weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the payoff function, d) discounting the undiscounted price by the risk-free interest rate. 27. The computer-implemented method of 28. The computer-implemented method of a) stocks or other equity securities, b) bills, bonds, notes, or other debt securities, c) currencies of various countries, d) commodities of physical, agricultural, or financial delivery, e) asset-backed or liability-linked securities or contractual obligations, f) weather derivatives and other observable physical phenomena whose outcomes can be linked to financial outcomes. 29. The computer-implemented method of 30. The computer-implemented method of 31. The computer-implemented method of 32. The computer-implemented method of 33. The computer-implemented method of 34. The computer-implemented method of 35. The computer-implemented method of a) insurance liabilities and reinsurance contracts, b) insurance-linked contracts, and catastrophe bonds, c) credit instruments, including loans, leases, mortgages, and credit cards, d) account payables and receivables. 36. The computer-implemented method of 37. The computer-implemented method of 38. The computer-implemented method of 39. The computer-implemented method of 40. The computer-implemented method of 41. The computer-implemented method of 42. A computer-readable medium for use with a computer means for pricing, with adjustment for risk, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, b) assembling a series of potential future cashflow outcomes, with their respectively paired probabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, d) cumulating the probabilities of the sorted series of outcomes so that the last cumulative probability equals 1, e) applying the inversion of the standard normal distribution to all cumulative probabilities, to provide individual inversely-mapped results, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, h) applying the standard normal cumulative distribution to each shifted result, to create transformed cumulative probability weights, i) decumulating the transformed cumulative probability weights so that the first decumulated weight equals the first cumulative weight, the second decumulated weight equals the second cumulative weight minus the first cumulative weight, the third decumulated weight equals the third cumulative weight minus the second cumulative weight, and so on, continuing until the last decumulated weight equals the last cumulative weight minus the next-to-last cumulative weight, j) multiplying the cashflow values to their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, and k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities. 43. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 44. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 45. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) applying the payoff function to each projected cashflow outcome of the underlying asset or liability, b) multiplying the resulting payoff values by their respective decumulated probability weights to produce a set of weighted values, c) adding these weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the payoff function, d) discounting the undiscounted price by the risk-free interest rate. 46. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 47. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) stocks or other equity securities, b) bills, bonds, notes, or other debt securities, c) currencies of various countries, d) commodities of physical, agricultural, or financial delivery, e) asset-backed or liability-linked securities or contractual obligations, f) weather derivatives and other observable physical phenomena whose outcomes can be linked to financial outcomes. 48. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 49. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 50. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 51. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 52. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 53. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 54. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) insurance liabilities and reinsurance contracts, b) insurance-linked contracts, and catastrophe bonds, c) credit instruments, including loans, leases, mortgages, and credit cards, d) account payables and receivables. 55. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 56. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 57. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 58. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 59. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 60. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 61. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) a Student-t cumulative distribution, b) the cumulative distribution of a re-scaled Student-t distribution, c) a mixed-normal cumulative distribution, d) a lognormal cumulative distribution, and e) an empirically-constructed cumulative distribution. 62. A computer-readable medium for use with a computer means for pricing, with adjustment for risk, and adjustment for parameter uncertainty, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, h) applying a Student-t cumulative distribution to each shifted result, to create transformed cumulative probability weights, k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the underwritten group. 63. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 64. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 65. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 66. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) the first is iterated and fixed before the second is further iterated, b) the second is iterated and fixed before the first is further iterated, c) the first and second are iterated consecutively, d) the first and second are iterated simultaneously. 67. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) applying the payoff function to each projected outcome of the underlying asset or liability, c) adding these weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the payoff function, d) discounting the undiscounted price by the risk-free interest rate. 68. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 69. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) stocks or other equity securities, b) bills, bonds, notes, or other debt securities, c) currencies of various countries, d) commodities of physical, agricultural, or financial delivery, e) asset-backed or liability-linked securities or contractual obligations, 70. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 71. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 72. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 73. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 74. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 75. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 76. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of a) insurance liabilities and reinsurance contracts, b) insurance-linked contracts, and catastrophe bonds, c) credit instruments, loans, leases, mortgages, and credit cards, d) account payables and receivables. 77. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 78. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 79. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 80. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 81. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 82. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer means of 83. A computer-implemented method for calibrating the market price of risk, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, h) applying the standard normal cumulative distribution to each shifted result, to create transformed cumulative probability weights, k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities, l) discounting the undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities, m) determining that, if the discounted price is equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group, the provisional lambda value is accepted as the market price of risk; n) determining that, if the discounted price is not equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group, the provisional lambda value is not accepted as the market price of risk; o) iterating any provisional lambda value that is not accepted as the market price of risk, until the discounted price for the selected group is equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group. 84. The computer-implemented method of 85. A computer-readable medium for use with a computer means for calibrating the market price of risk, of anticipated contract obligations comprising the steps of:
a) selecting a group of assets and liabilities, c) sorting the series of outcomes by their ascending cashflow values, f) selecting a lambda value as the market price of risk for the group of assets and liabilities, g) shifting each inversely-mapped result by adding the selected lambda value, k) adding the weighted values in the set to find an undiscounted price for the selected group of assets and liabilities, l) discounting the undiscounted price for the selected group, m) determining that, if the discounted price is equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group, the provisional lambda value is accepted as the market price of risk; n) determining that, if the discounted price is not equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group, the provisional lambda value is not accepted as the market price of risk; o) iterating any provisional lambda value that is not accepted as the market price of risk, until the discounted price for the selected group is equal to the last outcome, or last quoted price, for the selected group. 86. The computer-readable medium for use with a computer method of Description The invention provides a universal approach to pricing assets and liabilities, whether traded on an exchange or over-the-counter market, or underwritten for direct risk-transfer, whether grouped or segregated, or even positive or negative in value. More particularly, it relates to a computer-implemented system and method, and a computer-readable medium for use with a computer means, for pricing financial and insurance risks with historically-known or computer-generated probability distributions. The method can also be used to quantify the uncertainty of a variable within any historically-known of computer-generated distribution of outcomes. The invention can also be used to objectively assess the relative value of traded portfolios, and to assist the underwriting selection of managed accounts. An economic enterprise, particularly a financial firm, insurance company, or government agency, often faces uncertainty in the future financial value of its assets and liabilities. These assets and liabilities can be brought to the enterprise via financial trading, or via financial or insurance underwriting, and then managed within a portfolio. In the prior art, the uncertainty of these assets and liabilities were evaluated differently, based on whether they were traded financial instruments, in a trading risk management environment, or, based on whether they were underwritten financial obligations, in an underwriting risk environment. When assets and liabilities are managed within a trading environment, such as where stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, or other financial instruments are exchanged, uncertainty can be expressed as a probability distribution of potential future market prices. For each instrument, a probability distribution assigns a probability to each potential future price, as a potential outcome. Some outcomes increase, and others decrease, the future value of a portfolio that holds, and trades, these financial instruments. For example, a mutual fund trader faces uncertainties in a stock portfolio because of volatilities in the underlying stock price. A municipal bond issuer from city government faces uncertainties in risk-free interest rates. A corporate treasurer faces uncertainties in strike prices for options issued to employees. A farmer faces uncertainties in soybean commodity futures prices before harvest time. For each trading portfolio, a probability distribution of future prices can be assigned to each individual instrument, or, to any grouping of instruments, or, to the entire portfolio of instruments. The shape, skew, and other aspects of this probability distribution are fitted to historical records of past price movements for those instruments. This “fitted distribution” can then be used in quantitative models to anticipate future price movements. Historical data for the price changes of stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and other financial instruments can be fitted to different kinds of probability distributions. These include parametric distributions generated by a simple mathematical function, such as normal, lognormal, gamma, Weibull, and Pareto distributions, and non-parametric distributions generated from a set of mathematical values, like those known from historical tables, or those generated from computer simulations. In the prior art, computer-implemented systems and methods, and computer-readable media for use with computer means, for pricing financial instruments, were deficient because they could not accurately price, in a risk-neutral way, the vast majority of financial instruments whose price changes did not fit normal or lognormal probability distributions. Assets and liabilities can be managed within an underwriting environment, where, for example, credit, health care, pension, insurance, and other risks are assumed. Uncertainty can be expressed as a probability distribution of anticipated contract obligations. A probability distribution assigns a probability to each contract obligation, as an outcome. Some outcomes increase, and others decrease, the future value of a portfolio holding these obligations. For example, a credit card issuer faces uncertainties because of customer delinquencies, defaults, renewals, prepayments, and fluctuations in outstanding balances. A utility company faces uncertainties in energy demand during extreme weather conditions. A hospital faces uncertainties in patient receivables. An insurance company faces uncertainties in premium receptions and claim payments. A reinsurer faces uncertainties of paying for hurricane and earthquake damages. A pension plan faces uncertainties of prolonged life expectancy. For each underwritten portfolio, a probability distribution of anticipated obligations can be assigned to each individual contract, or to any collection of contracts, or to the entire portfolio of contracts. A parametric probability distribution can be fitted to historical records of past experience for those contract obligations. This “fitted distribution” can then be used in quantitative models to anticipate future contract obligations. Historical data for contract obligations in credit, health care, pension, insurance, and other underwritten risks have been fitted to different kinds of probability distributions. These include parametric distributions generated by a simple mathematical function, such as normal, lognormal, gamma, Weibull, and Pareto distributions, and non-parametric distributions generated from a set of mathematical values, like those known from historical tables, or those generated from computer simulations. In the prior art, computer-implemented systems and methods, and computer-readable media for use with computer means, were deficient because they could not accurately price, in a risk-neutral way, the vast majority of underwritten contract obligations whose cashflow outcomes did not fit normal or lognormal probability distributions. This was true even when portfolios were expressly underwritten for immediate transfer to another counterparty by true sale, trade, or even reinsurance. In the prior art, computer-implemented systems and methods, and computer-readable media for use with computer means, were deficient because they could not accurately price, in a risk-neutral way, the vast majority of financial instruments whose price changes did not fit normal or lognormal probability distributions. Before this invention, computer-implemented systems and methods, and computer-readable media for use with computer means, were deficient because they could not accurately price, in a risk-neutral way, any managed portfolio of assets and liabilities whose entirety or parts were drifting from positive to negative value, or, from negative to positive value, over time. With the explosion in computer applications, reams of historical data for financial instruments and contract obligations can now be gathered and processed instantly. Many computer simulation models can generate a sample distribution of possible outcomes for these traded and underwritten portfolios. For example, a derivative modeling firm can anticipate a price distribution for an underlying stock for a financial option. A catastrophe-modeling firm can anticipate a loss distribution for a geographic area after a simulated hurricane or earthquake. Yet, with the increased availability of historically-known or computer-generated data, there is no accurate method for pricing the underlying risk, except in two special cases, applicable only to rare instances of probability distributions. The first special case is the well-known Capital Asset Pricing Model, or CAPM, which relates the expected rate of return to the standard deviation of the rate of return. A standard assumption underlying the CAPM is that asset price movements have lognormal distributions, or, equivalently, that the rates of return for those asset price movements have normal distributions. The CAPM approach is deficient, however, when the historical asset returns do not have normal distributions. The second special case is the Nobel Prize winning Black-Scholes formula for pricing options. Financial trading and insurance underwriting researchers have noted the similarity in the payoff function between a financial option and a stop-loss insurance cover. Again, a standard assumption underlying the Black-Scholes formula is that asset price movements have normal or lognormal distributions. Again, the Black-Scholes approach is deficient since the historical price movements of most capital assets do not have lognormal distributions. To summarize, the historical data for traded and underwritten outcomes for assets and liabilities rarely resembles a normal or lognormal distribution. Most of the historical data fits other types of probability distributions. Most of the real-world traded and underwritten outcomes therefore cannot be effectively priced in a risk-neutral way by current valuation models, including those based on CAPM, Black-Scholes, or other implementations of modern options pricing theory. There is a demand for a computer-implemented system and method, and a computer-readable medium for use with computer means, to effectively price all kinds of assets and liabilities, whether traded or underwritten, grouped or segregated, mixed or homogenized, in various and sundry ways, and whose probability distributions of uncertain outcomes, for any positive or negative values, at any level of detail, may be fitted, to any parametric type, including, but not limited to, normal, lognormal, gamma, Weibull, and Pareto distributions, as well as any nonparametric type, generated from any set of mathematical values, like from a computer. In the United States in particular, the deregulation of banking, securities, and insurance, will encourage the integration of different portfolios of assets and liabilities, requiring such a unified approach. Risk refers to potential deviations of cashflow outcome from an expected mean value. An asset is defined as having a positive expected mean value. When evaluating a fair value for an asset, a prudent individual adjusts an asset for risk by inflating the probability for the worst outcomes and deflating the probability for the best outcomes. With adjusted new probabilities, the probability-weighted positive value for the asset is reduced. A liability is defined as having a negative expected mean value. When evaluating a fair value for a liability, a prudent individual adjusts a liability for risk by inflating the probability for the largest losses and deflating the probability for the lowest losses. With adjusted new probabilities, the probability-weighted negative value for the liability is increased. A bond whose scheduled coupon or principal payments may be reduced in the event of a catastrophe. If the yield is high enough, an investor may be attracted to the bond, despite its default risk. A financial payoff whose value at least partly depends on the future value for an underlying risk vehicle. For example, a call option is a financial payoff whose value depends on the resulting price of an underlying stock at the end of the life of the option. One purpose of the present invention is to find a price for a contingent payoff superposed upon the underlying variable X, as shown in A more technical name for the individual probability weights that, after a lowest-to-highest sort of cashflow outcomes, are cumulated, one by one, in ascending order, so that the first cumulation is the individual probability weight for the lowest cashflow outcome, and the second cumulation is the combination of the individual probability weights for the two lowest cashflow outcomes, and so on, until the last cumulation is the combination of the individual probability weights for all of the cashflow outcomes. Concerning the uses, applications, and properties of the present invention, consider that, for any specific data value y of a variable X, the cumulative distribution function F(y) gives the probability that the outcome of variable X will be less than or equal to y. Consider an ascending sequence of all possible outcomes {x In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, the new, transformed probability weights emerging from the Wang Transform kernel all need to be decumulated back into individual probability weights, as shown in A financial instrument whose value is partly or wholly derived from the behavior, or value of, a referenced underlying financial instrument. In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, the undiscounted Wang Price needs to be discounted by the risk-free interest rate to the final Wang Price, as shown in A general term for a probability distribution of future potential cashflow outcomes for an underlying risk vehicle. A general term for probability weights that have been decumulated after undergoing the core process, or kernel, of the Wang Transform. The probability weights have been transformed, or distorted, by the Wang Transform. When the prospective future cashflow values of a risk vehicle are multiplied to these distorted weights, and their products summed, the resulting Wang Price reflects the adjustment for risk. A probability distribution that has been shaped by the data of past historical experience. The overall probability that the future value of an underlying risk vehicle will exceed a certain amount of money, in terms of either gains as an asset, or losses as a liability. Exceedence probabilities are used frequently in underwriting financial obligations in insurance, credit, health care, and pensions, and especially in catastrophe insurance pricing. In more technical discussions of the uses, applications, and properties of the present invention, consider that, for any data value y of a variable X, the exceedence probability G(y) gives the probability that the outcome of variable X will exceed y. Note that G(y)=1−F(y)). A price for an asset or liability that has been adjusted for risk, and discounted by the risk-free interest rate. A probability distribution that has been shaped by the data of past historical experience. The inferred “market price of risk” for a known probability distribution and current market price for an underlying risk vehicle, as calculated by the computer-implemented method, and computer-readable medium for use with a computer means, of the invention. For the very limited case where an underlying risk vehicle has historically-known traded market prices that are lognormally distributed, the market price of risk over a specific period of time equals the difference between the expected rate of return for the underlying risk vehicle, otherwise called mu, and the risk-free interest rate, otherwise called r, whose remainder is then divided by the volatility of the return, where the volatility is calculated as the standard deviation of the return, otherwise called sigma. Lambda can be implied from a known probability distribution and known current market price for an underlying risk vehicle by following all of the steps of Under the Nobel Prize winning Black-Scholes formula, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the price for a specified option and the volatility of the underlying asset price. When prices for a specified option and current underlying asset are both known, the current volatility for that underlying can be inferred. This inferred volatility is called implied volatility. Calculating an accurate implied volatility, however, relies heavily on the Black-Scholes assumption that price changes in the underlying asset are strictly lognormal in distribution. A more technical name for the initial probabilities that are attached to cash value outcomes. For example, the price for PQR stock may have a 5% chance of gaining 20 dollars during the next three months, a 80% chance of neither gaining or losing in value, and a 15% chance of losing 20 dollars in value. These probabilities are considered to be weights, because, after the application of the Wang Transform kernel, their newly transformed probabilities are multiplied to their respective cashflow values. In more technical discussions of the uses, applications, and properties of the present invention, consider that, the probability f(x) is assigned to a specific cash value outcome x. These individual probability weights can be found in Testing different lambda values so that the resulting Wang Price after discounting by the risk free interest rate will match the observed market price for the underlying asset or liability in question. A core process in a computer-implemented method, or computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of an invention. For this invention, the kernel, or core process, is the data-processing steps of the Wang Transform, as shown in The market price of risk for an underlying risk vehicle, or for its contingent payoff, which can be either selected for use in the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, or implied from the computer-implemented method and computer-readable medium of the invention. When selected for use in the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, lambda is combined with the cumulative probability distribution, to create a “shift,” that is, a marked increase or decrease, in their values. The “lambda shift” is shown in A specific parameter value used in the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, represented by “lambda,” a Greek letter. For the very limited case of underlying risk vehicles whose historically-known traded market prices are lognormally distributed, the market price of risk over a specific period of time equals the difference between the expected rate of return for the underlying risk vehicle, and the risk-free interest rate, whose remainder is then divided by the volatility of the return, where the volatility is calculated as the standard deviation of the return. In the real-world cases where an underlying risk vehicle exhibits any probability distribution, and any current market price, computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, can be used to infer the market price of risk as a specific parameter value, in a way that replicates the result, but not the approach, of implementations of modern options theory for lognormal distributions. Thus the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, extends the applicability of the market price of risk to any underwritten or traded underlying risk vehicle with any kind of historically-known or computer-generated probability distributions. In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, an initial lambda value can be selected to test whether a known probability distribution produces the known current underlying price. If not, this initial lambda value can be tweaked, by adjustment higher or lower, as shown in The discounted value of an underlying risk vehicle, from its future value to the present, using the risk-free interest rate. Old probability weights, in cumulative distributed form, are given to the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, to produce new probability weights, in cumulative distributed form, as shown in The inverse mapping from each cumulative probability to a corresponding outcome of a normally distributed variable, with a mean equal to zero, and a variance equal to one. In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, the standard normal inversion is employed to inversely map a set of cumulated probabilities, before a selected lambda is added, and a standard normal cumulative distribution is performed, as shown on At the tails of a projected probability distribution, a lambda shift may not sufficiently incorporate the full adjustment needed to compensate for increased uncertainty. Outlying and extreme events, by their nature, are not easily comparable to or hedgeable against mainstream projected outcomes. For example, for way-out-of-the-money contingent claims, catastrophic insurance losses, or way-beyond-a-horizon-date reinsurance claim settlements, markets may be illiquid, benchmark data sparse, negotiations difficult, and the cost of keeping capital reserves high. These factors contribute to a special level of uncertainty associated with these extreme projected outcomes and their respective probabilities. Parameter uncertainty can be accounted for by using a two-factor model, as shown in In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, a payoff function is any customized table of outcomes that has been arranged between two counterparties, consisting of one or more potential future events, and their respective cashflow value outcomes. To price the risk of this payoff function, the counterparties will typically assess the probabilities that each potential future event, and thus their respective cashflow value outcomes, will occur. A payoff function can be based on an option, a stop-loss provision, or any other type of contingent event arrangement for transferring cashflows. A payoff function is handled the same way as an underlying risk vehicle, in the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, that is, a series of cashflow values are multiplied to their respective probability weights after they have been transformed, except that these cashflow values have been generated by applying the payoff function to each variable outcome of the underlying, as shown in The “objective” probability weights and attached cash values for the future price of an underlying risk vehicle, as provided by a historically-known or computer-generated distribution. For example, the historical volatility of an underlying stock is traditionally defined as a P-measure. Underwriters typically use P-measure to describe risk. In the prior art, P-measures and Q-measures were hard to compare, like apples and oranges, and almost impossible to translate. The computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, transforms any type of P-measure for an underlying risk vehicle into an equivalent Q-measure, with some adjustments to the market price of risk, allowing for some translation between the two measures. In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, any table of potential future outcomes, comprised of two columns of numeric information, the first column holding probabilities, or chances, of a cash value occurring, and the second column holding the cash values themselves. This “discretized” probability distribution, that is, a “row-by-row” set of outcome probabilities and cash values, can be selected from historically-known, or computer-generated prices. Such a probability distribution is selected in The “subjective” probability weights and attached cash values for the future price of an underlying risk vehicle, as inferred or implied by means of isolating variables, decomposed from equations, that analyze the current market price. For example, the implied volatility of an underlying stock, as inferred from modern options theory, is traditionally defined as a Q-measure. Traders typically use Q-measure to describe risk. In the prior art, P-measures and Q-measures were hard to compare, like apples and oranges, and almost impossible to translate. The computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, transforms any type of P-measure for an underlying risk vehicle into an equivalent Q-measure, with some adjustments to the market price of risk, allowing for some translation. Any exposure to uncertainty of cashflow outcome. Uncertain cashflow outcomes for actual and potential commitments, as related to events, rights and obligations, each uniquely projecting an uncertain rate of return. The collection of all potential deviations of value from the statistical mean of an expectation. Yield in the U.S. Treasury bill or the U.S. Government bond for the same time horizon in question. A collection of people, processes, and tools that identify, monitor, acquire, and dispose of risks, by means of underwriting, capitalizing, reserving, and transferring those risks. After adjusting an asset or liability for risk by inflating the probabilities for the worst cashflow outcomes and deflating the probabilities for the best outcomes, an individual evaluates an asset or liability using the expected mean value under the new probability weights. The new probability weights are called risk-neutral probabilities. In a sort, each pairing of outcome probability and cash value is arranged, when all cash values having the same sign, in lowest-to-highest absolute value order, that is, in ascending order. When the cash values have different signs, that is, prospectively negative and positive values, the cashflows are sorted from worst-to-best, from the perspective of a holder of the risk vehicle. Each outcome probability “tags along” with its paired cash value during the sort. The sort is found in A welcome mathematical probability distribution with mean A mathematical probability distribution with a parameter k being the degrees of freedom, where k can be any positive integer such as 3, 4, 5, etc. The degrees of freedom k can also be generalized to positive non-integer numbers. The Student-t distribution can also be re-scaled to adjust to a specified density at x=0. The new probability weights obtained by applying the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, to a set of cumulative probabilities. Also sometimes called Transformed Cumulative Probability Weights, or Transformed Probabilities. Transformed probability weights are produced in In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, any adjustment to the lambda value, as applied to a given probability distribution, to produce a tolerably close Wang Price to the currently known market price, for an underlying risk vehicle, as shown in In the two-factor version of the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, one can adjust for risk, as well as adjust for parameter uncertainty, in the same process. While the first factor “lambda” remains to be the market price of risk, the second factor “k” is calibrated by a Student-t distribution with k degrees of freedom. This two-factor model, as shown in The two-factor model is based here on the Student-t distribution in Step A financial instrument whose behavior, or value, is referenced by a derivative financial instrument, for the purposes of determining the value of the derivative financial instrument. A more technical name for the future value for an underlying risk vehicle. The underlying risk vehicle can be any asset, liability, or a mix of assets and liabilities, traded or underwritten. In more technical discussions of the uses, applications, and properties of the present invention, consider that, the underlying variable X is the future value for a specified underlying risk vehicle. One purpose of the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, is to find the Wang Price for this underlying variable X, a useful data result, as shown in A universal definition for any group of one or more underwritten or traded assets and liabilities, whose future risk-neutral price can be anticipated by applying the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, to a historically-known or computer-generated distribution of potential outcomes for that risk vehicle, comprised of a set of probabilities and attached cash values, along with a market price of risk for that risk vehicle. The underlying risk vehicle can be a stock, bond, currency, commodity, or some other traded financial instrument, for example, IBM common stock. The underlying risk vehicle can also be any collection of insurance, credit, health care, pension, or some other underwritten contract obligations, for example, a catastrophe insurance claims index. The underlying risk vehicle can also be a customized contract of cash delivery between two economic entities whose outcome probabilities and cash payoffs are already known, for example, a specified cash delivery in the event that sustained wind speed during a specified period of time exceeds a threshold. The underlying risk vehicle is selected for computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, in The standard deviation of the return for a financial instrument, or underlying risk vehicle, over some period of time. The expected future value, discounted for the risk-free interest rate, of the underlying risk vehicle, or, of any contingent payoff for that underlying. The Wang Price is determined by applying the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, to a set of cumulative probabilities, to gain a new set of transformed probability weights, and then by multiplying the cash values attached to those weights, to gain a set of weighted values. The total of these weighted values, when discounted by the risk-free interest rate, gives the Wang Price. The Wang Price recovers the risk-neutral price that is calculated from lognormal probability distributions by Black-Scholes and other implementations of modern options theory. The Wang Price also produces a risk-neutral price for all other probability distributions, which in the prior art have not been effectively priced. The Wang Price is produced in A kernel, or core process, of the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, that transforms any cumulative probability to yield a new, distorted, cumulative probability. In more technical discussions of the uses, applications, and properties of the present invention, consider that, the Wang Transform kernel of the invention transforms the cumulative probability F(y) to yield a new cumulative probability F*(y), as shown in A financial instrument that specifies a financial settlement between counterparties based on observed events of temperature, rainfall, snowfall, or wind speed. In the computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, of the invention, the product of multiplying the cashflow values of a distribution to their new probability weights, after decumulation, for a selected group of assets and liabilities, as shown in The invention is a computer-implemented system and method, and computer-readable medium for use with computer means, that enables portfolio managers to effectively price any traded or underwritten risk in finance and insurance with any historically-known or computer-generated probability distribution. The invention provides a universal approach to pricing assets and liabilities, whether traded on an exchange or over-the-counter market, or underwritten for direct risk-transfer, whether grouped or segregated, or even positive or negative in value. It is an object and advantage of the invention to be applicable to the entire universe of probability distributions, not just normal or lognormal distributions. The prior art heavily relied on the normal or lognormal assumptions, and took ad hoc corrective measures in practice to reflect departures from these assumptions. For instance, when using Black-Scholes formula to price options written on a stock, different volatility values are used for different strike prices. This corrective measure is inconsistent with the Black-Scholes assumption that stock prices follow a lognormal distribution and thus the same volatility should be used for all strike prices. In the special case of lognormally distributed asset prices, this invention recovers the CAPM price for the expected rate of return and the Black-Scholes price for options. It is an object and advantage of the invention to allow risk management professionals to use any probability distribution, as suggested by historical data or by forecasting models in their discretionary activities of pricing, underwriting, reserving, capitalizing, transferring, or trading various risk vehicles. It is an object and advantage of the invention to price any blending of assets and liabilities, whose net cash value can potentially take both positive and negative values. Most financial price models deal with strictly assets, which cannot be negative in value. For instance, the minimum value of one share of common stock is zero, and cannot be negative. On the other hand, actuarial pricing methods deal solely with liabilities, or losses, which can only be negative in value. With the emergence of integrated financial and insurance products, and with insurance risks being traded in the capital market, the prior art is deficient to price such products. By allowing an underlying risk vehicle to take on positive or negative values, this invention provides consistent pricing, where an asset can be treated as a negative liability, or alternatively, a liability can be treated as negative asset. It is an object and advantage of the invention to be equally applicable for both traded assets and underwritten risks. Traded assets are often priced in relation to other traded assets, and a subjective probability measure (called Q-measure) can be implied from the market prices of assets. For instance, the default probability of a bond can be inferred from its market interest-rate spreads over the risk-free treasury bonds. Underwritten risks, on the other hand, are evaluated using their objective probabilities (P-measure) of loss. In the prior art, there was a deep gap between these two approaches. This need was reflected in the frustrations in the communications between a capital markets professional (who uses Q-measure in the course of trading) and an insurance professional (who uses P-measure in the course of underwriting). This invention provides a pricing bridge between the Q-measure world and P-measure world. With this invention, a P-measure can be easily converted to a Q-measure, and vice versa. It is an object and advantage of the invention, after a series of data-processing steps, to produce a useful data result, called the Wang Price. The Wang Price is a fair valuation for the future price of a risk vehicle, where the mean of future expected outcomes, as weighted by their respective individual probabilities, has been adjusted for risk. It is an object and advantage of this invention that when the invention is applied to a traded financial instrument whose outcomes are normally distributed, and the lambda value of the invention further iterated so that the discounted Wang Price converges to equal the last market quote for that financial instrument, the lambda value, as obtained by the process of this invention, is equal to the Sharpe Ratio. It is an object and advantage of the present invention to generate a lambda value, representing the market price of risk, for underlying assets and liabilities when their current market prices and past price movements are known, or future market prices and price movements can be projected, by a normal, or non-normal distribution of outcomes. It is an object and advantage of the present invention to measure the uncertainty of a variable representing a future cashflow outcome, within any historically-known or computer-generated distribution of outcomes. It is an object and advantage of the present invention to assess the relative risk-adjusted values of traded portfolios, or the relative risk-adjusted values of underwriting selections of managed accounts. The foregoing and other objects, aspects, and advantages will be better understood from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment of the invention with reference to the drawings. As defined herein, the “method” refers to the data processing-system, a computer-implemented method, and computer-readable medium of the invention that prices financial or insurance risks. The core process, or kernel, of the invention, is the Wang Transform. Every process of the invention requires the operation of the kernel, to transform every cumulative probability paired to a set of cashflow outcomes, to yield a new, distorted, cumulative probability. Specifically, the cumulative probability F(y) is transformed to yield a new useful data result, the cumulative probability F*(y), as shown in Assets and liabilities, whether traded or underwritten, are risk vehicles, which means that they are the legal contrivances for undertaking some type of capitalized risk, that is, a financial or insurance risk. One begins using the invention, by selecting either one risk vehicle, or a group of risk vehicles, which can be assets or liabilities, and which can be either traded or underwritten, to evaluate their fair value, which is their price, after adjustment for risk. If the group of risk vehicles are a group of traded or underwritten assets and liabilities whose “market price of risk” is known, or already inferred, then one would use If the risk vehicle is a contingent payoff, like an option, for a traded risk vehicle, like a warrant on a stock, or a call provision on a bond, then one would use If the last known market price for a traded risk vehicle is known, one would use If the risk vehicle is a contingent payoff for an underwritten risk vehicle, like a loss layer of reinsurance, then one would use For greater precision in evaluating fair value of traded and underwritten assets and liabilities whose sampled outcomes and sampled probabilities may be incomplete, or for greater consideration in evaluating risk vehicles whose outcomes are rare, extreme, or outlying, then one would use For the first example of this method, refer to Table 1, which is an unsorted Intel stock price distribution for closing prices for 24 monthly periods, from June 1998 until June 2000. Intel is a traded risk vehicle, so the method of the invention turns to In The method next selects a table of future prospective outcomes, whose projected cashflow values have assigned probabilities. The selected table of prospective future cashflow outcomes and respective probabilities is found in Table 1. Table 1 is an unsorted Intel stock price distribution. This table is generated, by one skilled in the art, by, first, listing the monthly calendar periods of the monthly closes, in Column 1A. For example, the most recent monthly calendar period on this table is June 2000. Each monthly closing stock price, has been divided by the previous monthly closing stock price, to get a monthly return, in Column 1B. For example, the most recent monthly return on this table is 0.03084, for June 2000. The current price, is the monthly closing stock price at the end of June 2000, which is $133.688, in Column 1C. This current price serves as the base price for future projected outcomes. By multiplying the current price to each monthly return, that is, by multiplying 1B to 1C, across 24 rows, the table provides a table of prospective future cashflow outcomes, in Column 1D. For example, the June 2000 monthly return of 0.03084, is multiplied by the most recent stock price of 133.688, to get 4.123. This result is then added to the most recent stock price of 133.688, to get 137.811. There are 24 future outcomes generated in this manner, each outcome having a 1/24 probability of taking place. For example, the future outcome generated by the June monthly return, as multiplied to the current price, has a probability of 0.04167, which is 1/24. With this pairing of prospective future cashflow outcomes, in Column 1D, with their respective probabilities, in Column 1E, the table satisfies step The next step in the method, Table 2 is the sorted Intel stock price distribution. Column 2A shows the monthly closes that generated the prospective future cashflow values, after sorting. For example, the topmost monthly calendar return on this table is May 1999. This is because the May 1999 monthly return, after being multiplied to the current price, created a product that was then added to the current price, generating the lowest prospective future cashflow value, $109.44 in Table 1, Column 1D. When Table 1 was sorted to produce Table 2, this value was sorted to the top of Column 2B. Column 2C shows the respective probabilities associated with each prospective future cashflow result. For example, the prospective future cashflow result of $109.44 has a probability of 1/24, or 0.04167. The sorted columns of 2B and 2C satisfy step The next step is to cumulate the sorted probabilities, so that the last probability equals the number 1. Cumulating means adding all of the values preceding, to the values at hand, thereby producing a cumulative result. For example, the cumulative probability of the $109.44 future result, is equal to the values of the preceding probabilities above it, plus the value of the probability at hand. The preceding probabilities for $109.44 are 0, because there are no preceding probabilities in rows above $109.44 in the list. This value of 0 is added to the probability at hand, which is 0.04167, as shown at the top of Column 2D. For the next prospective future value, $112.59, the cumulative probability is adding all of the probabilities preceding the respective probability, in rows above, which is 0.04167, and adding the probability at hand, in the row across, which is 0.04167, to make 0.08333. For the next prospective future value, $119.80, the cumulative probability is adding all of the probabilities preceding the respective probability, in rows above, which is 0.08333, and adding the probability at hand, in the row across, which is 0.04167, to make 0.12500. The entire column of 2D is cumulated in this fashion, until the last prospective future value, $172.38, has its probability cumulated, by adding all of the preceding probabilities, to the probability at hand. All of the preceding probabilities, 0.95833, is added to the probability at hand, 0.04167, to get the number 1. This satisfies step With the cumulated probabilities calculated for each prospective future cashflow result, the method introduces a value for the “market price of risk,” also called lambda, step For the purposes of this example, the “market price of risk” is the Sharpe Ratio, which is the average return for each of the 24 months, minus the average risk-free rate for each of the 24 months, all divided by the average standard deviation of the returns for each of the 24 months. One skilled in the art is able to compute these values from the monthly closing returns in Table 1, to get 0.06281 for the average return for each of the 24 months, and obtain an average risk-free rate of 0.005833 for each of the 24 months. The average standard deviation of the returns for each of the 24 months is 0.12591. The Sharpe Ratio, is calculated as (0.06281-0.005833)/0.12591 to equal a “market price of risk” of 0.4525, under the assumption of lognormal returns for the 24 months in the table. This step satisfies step The method on The method on The NORMINV function in Excel returns the inversion of the standard normal cumulative distribution, for the specified probability weight, mean, and standard deviation, when populated by the following three parameter values. X is the probability value corresponding to the normal distribution, between the numbers 0 and 1 inclusive. The number 0 is the arithmetic mean of the distribution. The number 1 is the standard deviation of the distribution. For example, in Table 3, NORMINV of the first cumulated probability of 0.04167 is −1.7317, as expressed in NORMINV(0.04167,0,1). NORMINV of the second cumulated probability of 0.08333 is −1.3830, and NORMINV of the third cumulated probability of 0.12500 is −1.1503. The NORMINV of the last cumulated probability of 1 is a generated positive infinity value, for which one skilled in the art substitutes an arbitrarily large finite number, of 500000. This column of individual inversely mapped results, in Column 3A, satisfies step The method on The method on The NORMDIST function in Excel returns the standard normal cumulative distribution, for the specified probability weight, mean, and standard deviation, when populated by the following four parameters. X is the value for which one wants the distribution. The number 0 is the arithmetic mean of the distribution. The number 1 is the standard deviation of the distribution. The number 1 is the logical value for a cumulative value. For example, in Table 3, NORMDIST of the first shifted result of −1.2791 is 0.10043, as contained in the expression, NORMDIST(−1.2791),0,1,1). NORMDIST of the second shifted result of −0.9305 is 0.17607. NORMDIST of the third shifted result of −0.6978 is 0.24265. NORMDIST of the last cumulated probability of 500000.4525 is a regenerated value of 1. This column of transformed cumulative probability weights, in Column 3C, satisfies step The method moves away from the completed core process, or kernel, of the Wang Transform in In Table 4, the transformed probability weights of Column 3C, are decumulated by subtracting the single weight one row above a particular weight, from that particular weight, to get a decumulated weight. For example, the transformed probability weight of 0.10043 has 0 subtracted from itself, because there is no probability weight one row above itself. The transformed probability weight of 0.17607 has 0.10043 subtracted from itself, to make 0.07564, because 0.10043 is the probability weight one row above itself. The transformed probability weight of 0.24264 has 0.17606 subtracted from itself, to make 0.06658, because 0.17606 is the probability weight one row above itself. Step At the bottom of Column 3C, the transformed probability weight of 1.00000 has 0.98552 subtracted from itself, to make 0.01448, because 0.98552 is the probability weight one row above itself. This satisfies step In Table 4, the results of decumulation are in Column 4A, as decumulated probability weights. These results reflect the distorted probability weights produced by the core process, or kernel, of the Wang Transform. One may compare these distorted probability weights, of Column 4A, with the original probability weights, of Column 1E, as found in Table 1. The highest probability of Column 4A, 0.10042, is much higher than the highest probability of Column 1E, 0.04167. The lowest probability of Column 4A, 0.01448, is much lower than the lowest probability of Column 1E, 0.04167. These distorted probability weights are highest for the worst prospective cashflow outcomes, and lowest for the best prospective cashflow outcomes. In Table 4, one may note the distorted probability weight for the worst prospective cashflow of 109.44, at 0.10042, which is the highest distorted probability weight. One may also note the distorted probability weight for the best prospective cashflow of 172.38, at 0.01448, which is the lowest distorted probability weight. These decumulated probability weights, interchangeably called distorted probability weights, add up to the number 1. This means that they reflect the probabilities of a new distribution. This new probability distribution is called a distorted probability weighted distribution. The method then moves to step The method then moves to step The method finally discounts the Wang Price by the risk-free interest rate in step The method of the process for The Wang Price, after discounting, is a useful data result, because it represents the present fair value of an asset or liability. This present fair value can be compared to the present fair value of other financial instruments, on an even playing field, so that risk management professionals can identify, monitor, acquire, and dispose of assets and liabilities according to portfolio risks and returns. For the second example of this method, refer to Table 5, which is a European call option at a strike price of $140 on an Intel stock price distribution for closing prices for 24 monthly periods, from June 1998 until June 2000, already transformed by the previous example. Intel is a traded risk vehicle, so the method of the invention turns to In One skilled in the art would notice that the steps At step For the purposes of this example, the method requires further iteration of the lambda value. The provisional lambda value in Example 1 was 0.4525, based on the Sharpe Ratio. The method tweaks this provisional lambda value, at step One skilled in the art may notice that the calibrated lambda value of 0.4685 is different from the Sharpe Ratio lambda of 0.4525. The calibrated lambda adjusts for the fact that the returns for the underlying Intel stock, as listed in Table 1, Column 1B, are not truly lognormal. If the returns for the underlying Intel stock were truly lognormal, the Sharpe Ratio value for provisional lambda would produce a discounted Wang Price equal to the last market price. A calibrated change in lambda value produces calibrated changes in Table 5, as shown in the cumulated probabilities of Column 2D, transformed probabilities of Column 5A, and distorted probability weights of Column 5B, when compared to those in Example 1. With the calibrated lambda of 0.4685, the method has already completed the steps to finding a discounted Wang Price for the underlying Intel stock, as found in the bottom of Column 5C. The method then moves to application of the payoff function to the prospective future cashflow outcomes of the underlying, step For example, the prospective future cashflow outcome of $109.442 minus the $140 call price, is a negative number, so the MAX(140−X,0) payoff function generates a 0 value. The prospective future cashflow outcome at the bottom of Column 2B, of $172.379, minus the $140 call price, is a positive number of $32.38, so the MAX(140−X,0) payoff function generates a $32.38 value. With all outputs generated in Column 5D, this satisfies step The method then moves to step For example, the contingent payoff value of $0.00 at the top of Column 5D, can be multiplied to the distorted probability weight 0.1033 at the top of Column 5B, to equal a weighted value of $0.00 at the top of Column 5E. At the bottom of the respective columns, however, the contingent payoff value of $32.38 is multiplied to the distorted probability weight of 0.0139, to equal a weighted value of $0.450. With all outputs generated in Column 5E, this satisfies step The method now moves to step The method is completed by discounting the Wang Price for the option by the risk-free interest rate, step One skilled in the art may notice that the discounted Wang Price for the option is $4.510, and the discounted Black-Scholes price for the same option is $4.171. The Wang Price adjusts for the fact that the returns for the underlying Intel stock, as listed in Table 1, Column 1B, are not truly lognormal. If the returns for the underlying Intel stock were truly lognormal, the Sharpe Ratio value for provisional lambda would produce a discounted Wang Price, equal to the Black-Scholes price. The invention calibrates an accurate option price for an underlying financial instrument, regardless of whether that instrument has a normal or non-normal set of prospective future cashflow outcomes. This calibration of an accurate option price is a useful data result of the invention. The method of the process for The Wang Price, after discounting, is a useful data result, because it represents the present fair value of an asset or liability. This present fair value can be compared to the present fair value of other financial instruments, on an even playing field, so that risk management professionals can identify, monitor, acquire, and dispose of assets and liabilities according to portfolio risks and returns. For the third example of this method, refer to Table 8, which provides a series of outcomes for a BBB-rated corporate bond, whose coupon rate is at 6%, with the risk-free interest rate at 5%. The rating for the BBB bond may migrate over one year, to AAA, at best, or to Default, at worst, as shown in Column 8A. Regardless of the future rating, the prospective future cashflows for the coupon rate on this bond remains at 6%, unless the bond falls into default, as shown in Column 8B. The prospective forward prices for the bond in one year, given the prospective change in rating, is shown in Column 8C. With the added value of coupon payment, at 6% of the $100 book value, the total forward values of the bond are shown in Column 8D. The various probabilities attached to the migrations are shown in Column 8E. The corporate bond is a traded risk vehicle, so the method of the invention turns to In The method next selects a table of future prospective outcomes, whose projected cashflow values have assigned probabilities, step The method next sorts these prospective cashflow future outcomes, and respective probabilities, in ascending order, from lowest to highest, step The method next cumulates the sorted probabilities so that the last probability equals the number one, step The method next selects a lambda value, as the “market price of risk.” This selection is a provisional value, which will be reselected by the method again and again, by iteration, until the discounted Wang Price converges to equal the $100.00, the last market price for the bond. One skilled in the art perceives that the returns in Table 9 are not lognormal, so that the Sharpe Ratio can only provide a provisional, or starter, lambda value. For the purposes of this example, the Sharpe Ratio, is the average of weighted bond returns for the year, minus the average risk-free rate for the year, all divided by the average standard deviation of the weighted bond returns for the year. One skilled in the art is able to compute these values from the prospective future cashflow outcomes, and their respective probabilities, to get 0.0709 for the average bond return for the year, and obtain an average risk-free rate of 0.0500 for the year. The average standard deviation of the bond returns for the year is 0.0299. The Sharpe Ratio, is calculated as (0.0709−0.0500)/0.0299 to equal a “market price of risk” of 0.6980, under the assumption of lognormal returns. Lambda thus equals 0.6980, for now. This satisfies step The method next applies the core process, or kernel, of the Wang Transform, to the cumulated probabilities, step The core process of the Wang Transform starts by taking the cumulated probabilities of a distribution, as found in Table 9, Column 9C. Column 9C appears on the innermost parenthesis of the above equation. This satisfies step The method on The NORMINV is applied to (COLUMN The method on The method on For example, in Table 9, the Wang Transform of the first cumulated probability of 0.0018, as shown in Column 9C, is 0.0134, as shown in Column 9D. The Wang Transform of the last cumulated probability of 1.0000, as shown in Column 9C, is 1.0000, as shown in Column 9D. This column of transformed cumulative probability weights, in Column 3C, satisfies step The method moves away from the completed core process, or kernel, of the Wang Transform in Notice that the new probability weights are distorted from their original probability weights, because of the effects of the kernel, or core process, of the invention, the Wang Transform. These distortions are due to our selection of the lambda value. In The applied payoff function is in Table 9, in Column 9F, and is identical to the prospective values of Column 9A. For example, the worst prospective future cashflow outcome is $51.13, at the top of Column 9A, which is also the worst prospective payoff function value, at the top of Column 9F. This satisfies step The payoff function values from Column 9F are now multiplied to their new probability weights, 9E, to provide results in Column 9G, step The method now adds all of these weighted values in Column 9G to obtain a provisional Wang Price for 1 year from now, step The method then moves to discount the provisional Wang Price by the risk-free interest rate, At step For the purposes of this example, the method in The calibrated market price of risk for the bond, as generated by the invention, is different than the Sharpe Ratio, because the weighted distributions of prospective future cashflow outcomes does not exhibit lognormal returns. One skilled in the art is able to multiply Columns 8D and Columns 8E, and adding the weighted values, to get a mean expectation for the return of the bond, $107.28. All other things being equal, a bond with a mean expected return of $107.28, but with a low lambda value, like 0.3, is less uncertain, than a bond with the same return, but with a higher lambda, like 0.5. The invention calibrates an accurate “market price of risk” for a financial instrument, regardless of whether that instrument has a normal or non-normal set of prospective future cashflow outcomes. This calibration of the accurate “market price of risk” is a useful data result, for the purposes of portfolio risk management. With the calibration of an accurate “market price of risk,” the process of With the calibration of an accurate “market price of risk,” the process of The process of The Wang Price, after discounting, is a useful data result, because it represents the present fair value of an asset or liability. This present fair value can be compared to the present fair value of other financial instruments, on an even playing field, so that risk management professionals can identify, monitor, acquire, and dispose of assets and liabilities according to portfolio risks and returns. For the fourth example of this method, refer to Table 11, which provides a series of outcomes for a Richter Scale earthquake event for some populated epicenter, in Column 11A, with payments contracted for the first of any such event over 1 year, according to degree of severity, in Column 11B. Any payout will be paid at the end of the year. Prospective future cashflow outcomes remain at $0.00, if all Richter Scale events remain below 6.00 for the year. The payouts begin with $100.00 for the first Richter Scale event of 6.00 or higher, with a capped payout of $2741.83 for a first Richter Scale event of 7.00 or greater. The various probabilities attached to Richter Scale severity are shown in Column 11C. The earthquake contract is an underwritten risk with a contingent payout, so the method of the invention turns to In This satisfies steps The method next selects a table of future prospective outcomes, whose projected cashflow values have assigned probabilities, step The method then moves to sort the entire table of outcomes by ascending cashflow values, from lowest cashflow value to highest cashflow value, step The method then moves to cumulate the sorted probabilities so that the last probability equals the number 1, step The method now selects a lambda value, step For the purposes of this example, the method selects a lambda value of −0.3, to indicate the underwriting load of risk. This lambda value is selected by Small Insurance Company from available records of earthquake experience and prevailing market rates for pricing insurance. This satisfies step The method next applies the kernel, or core process, of the Wang Transform to the probability weights, to create new probability weights, step The method then decumulates the transformed probability weights into distorted probability weights, step The method next multiplies the prospective future cashflow values to their new probability weights, step The method then sums all of the weighted values to get an undiscounted Wang Price, step The method next discounts the Wang Price by the risk-free interest rate, step One skilled in the art may calculate the difference between the mean expected payout of the earthquake contingency contract, and the fair price, after adjustment for risk, for that contract. The mean expected payout for the contract is found by multiplying the prospective future cashflow outcomes, as found in Column 12A, by their respective original probability weights, as found in Column 12B, and then summing up their weighted values. The mean expected payout for the contract is thus $35.77. This is almost $20 less than the fair value for the contract, after adjustment for risk. The process of For the fifth example of this method, refer to Table 13, which provides the same series of prospective future cashflow outcomes, and respective probabilities, as the last example. The underwritten risk is the transfer of a specific layer of the earthquake contingency contract, from Small Insurance Company, to the Very Large Reinsurer, so that all contracted payouts in excess of $200 are reinsured. This reinsured layer is a contingent payout for an underwritten risk, with the function MAX(X−200,0), so the method of the invention turns to the process in In The process in The method then moves from step For the purposes of this example, this Wang Price is indeed close enough, satisfying step The method next moves to step For example, the projected future cashflow outcome at the top of Column 12A is $0. After applying the payoff function of MAX(Column The projected future cashflow outcome at the bottom of Column 12A, however, is $271.83. After applying the payoff function of MAX(Column With the payoff function completed in Column 13A, this satisfies step The method now moves to multiply the contingent cashflow values to their new probability weights, step As an example of step The contingent payoff at the bottom of Column 13A, however, is $71.83. The distorted probability at the bottom of Column 12E is 0.1194. By way of multiplication, the resulting weighted payoff is $8.58, at the top of Column 13B. With the weighted values completed in Column 13B, this satisfies step The method then moves to sum the weighted values to get an undiscounted Wang Price for the reinsured layer, step The method now moves to discount this Wang Price by the risk-free interest rate, step One skilled in the art may notice that the discounted Wang Price for the reinsurance layer is $8.79, but that there is no discounted Black-Scholes price considered for the reinsurance layer. To one skilled in the prior art, using a Black-Scholes model to price a slice of a non-normally distributed earthquake contract would not make sense. The example provides no time series of varying outcomes and returns, to produce a volatility parameter. The authoritative example provides no way to execute a riskless hedge against the reinsured layers during the term of the contract. A Black-Scholes model would not provide a meaningful basis for pricing such a reinsurance contract. The invention calibrates an accurate option price for an underlying financial instrument, regardless of whether that instrument has a normal or non-normal set of prospective future cashflow outcomes, and regardless of whether that instrument is an asset or liability, and regardless of whether that instrument is traded or underwritten. This calibration of an accurate option price is a useful data result of the invention. The invention calibrates an accurate contingent price for an underlying financial instrument, regardless of the structure of the contingent payoff, option, or payoff function. This calibration of an accurate contingent price, regardless of the structure of the contingency, is a useful data result of the invention. As an alternative to this example, a reinsurance layer may be priced by exceedence probabilities. An exceedence probability is the overall probability that the future value of an underlying risk vehicle will exceed a certain amount of money, in terms of either gains as an asset, or losses as a liability. Exceedence probabilities are used frequently in underwriting financial obligations in insurance, credit, health care, and pensions, and especially in catastrophe insurance pricing. In Table 12, the exceedence probabilities for the earthquake contingency contract are provided in a new Column 12C. One skilled in the art understands that exceedence probabilities may be generated by subtracting the cumulations preceding and including the probability weights at hand from a probability of certainty, or 1. Columns 12A and 12B show the results of the method for the previous example, steps For example, the exceedence probability for the top probability weight in Column 12B is 0.8000. The cumulations preceding and including the probability weights at hand is also 0.8000. The exceedence probability for this layer, is therefore 1 minus 0.8000, or 0.2000, as shown at the top of New Column 12C. The exceedence probability for the next probability weight in Column 12B is 0.02000. The cumulations preceding and including the probability weights at hand is 0.8000 plus 0.02000, or 0.82000. The exceedence probability for this later, is therefore 1 minus 0.82000, or 0.18000, as shown at the top of New Column 12C. These exceedence probabilities are the results of a cumulation, step The original cashflow values in Column 12A can be multiplied by their new respective probability weights, step But the payout amount at the bottom of Column 12A is $271.83, and the distorted probability at the bottom of Column 12E is 0.1194. The weighted payoff at the bottom of Column 12F is therefore $32.47. This $32.47 is the undiscounted price of the cost of a probability layer in a reinsurance contract. The probability layer that is priced is the probability that an earthquake will be at least 7.0 on the Richter Scale. One skilled in the art can discount the $32.47 by the risk-free interest rate, to obtain the fair value for assuming this probability layer of severe outcome. This probability layer is called an excess of severity layer, because it a layer that is paid only when the severity of an earthquake is in excess of 7.0 on the Richter Scale. The method of the process for The method of the process for For the sixth example of this method, refer to Table 6, which provides a series of outcomes in 1 year for a special kind of underlying instrument. A risk vehicle can have a wide range of prospective future cashflow outcomes, with possible negative, or possible positive values, for the same future point in time. A blended risk vehicle, providing outcomes of an asset and a liability, presents a special difficulty to pricing methods of the prior art. The risk vehicle in question is a medical insurance policy, for sale on an insurance exchange, with ten known prospective future cashflow outcomes for the underwritten policy, reflecting various possibilities of earned premiums minus incurred losses. Because the underlying is a traded risk vehicle of policy outcomes, the method of the invention again turns to Table 6 provides the series of prospective outcomes in 1 year for a medical insurance policy, in Column 6A. Is the risk vehicle an asset or a liability? One skilled in the art determines that the risk vehicle of policy outcomes represents an asset, because the prospective future cashflow values, negative and positive, as shown in Column 6A, after being multiplied by their respective probability weights in Column 6B, and summed, into a mean of expected returns, is a positive number. This positive number is $6.50. The risk vehicle is thus an asset, and the lambda value calibrating its fair value, will be positive. One skilled in the art understands, however, that if the mean of expected returns was negative, the risk vehicle would be a liability, and the lambda value calibrating any fair value, would be negative. In The medical insurance policy risk vehicle, as underwritten, has a discounted mean of expected returns of $6.05, because the mean of expected returns of $6.50 in 1 year must be reduced by the risk-free interest rate of 0.07. But on the insurance exchange, the medical insurance policy risk vehicle is being traded at $1.96. This difference, between the mean of future expectations, and the fair value, after adjustment for risk, is substantial. It reflects the fact that if the medical insurance policy risk vehicle experiences one of the negatively valued outcomes, the holder of that risk vehicle must pay out that outcome in full to the policyholders. The method then moves to select a table of prospective future cashflow outcomes, and their respective probabilities, step The method then cumulates the probabilities, as shown in Column 6C, satisfying step The method now selects a lambda value, as the “market price of risk” for the risk vehicle. The provisional “market price of risk” is calculated here by assuming a normal distribution of underwritten income, and using the Sharpe Ratio. The expected income for the risk vehicle in 1 year is $6.50, but the market price for this risk vehicle is $1.96. Thus the expected return for the risk vehicle over 1 year is 2.316, or 231.6% and the standard deviation of return is 26.295, or 2629.5%. With the risk-free interest rate at 0.07, or 7%, the Sharpe Ratio is 2.316-0.07 all divided by 26.295, or 0.0854. This lambda value of 0.0854 satisfies step One skilled in the art follows the steps At step For the purposes of this example, the method requires further iteration of the lambda value. The provisional lambda value was 0.0854, based on the Sharpe Ratio. The method tweaks this provisional lambda value, at step One skilled in the art understands that the lambda value was deliberately iterated so that the Wang Price converged to equal the prevailing market price for the risk vehicle, $1.96. Without a prevailing market price for the risk vehicle, however, the lambda value must be inferred or implied from similar risk vehicles, in order to find a fair value. In accounting, finance, underwriting, and trading, the prior art is deficient in having a method for providing a fair value, with adjustment for risk, for risk vehicles whose overall prospective future cashflow outcomes were mixes of negative, positive, zero, or infinitesimal numbers. Any fair value for these mixes is rendered not meaningful. The invention, however, calibrates an accurate price for risk vehicles experiencing these mixes of negative, positive, zero, or infinitesimal outcomes. This calibration is a useful data result of the invention. In accounting, finance, underwriting, and trading, the prior art is deficient in having a method for providing a fair value, with adjustment for risk, for risk vehicles whose history of cashflow outcomes drifted between negative, positive, zero, or infinitesimal numbers. Any fair value for these drifts is rendered not meaningful. The invention, however, calibrates an accurate price for risk vehicles experiencing these drifts of negative, positive, zero, or infinitesimal outcomes. This calibration is a useful data result of the invention. In accounting, finance, underwriting, and trading, the prior art is deficient in method for providing a fair value, with adjustment for risk, for risk vehicles that were underwritten, with prospective future cashflow outcomes based on the future experience of assumed obligations, and that were simultaneously traded, with forward prices exchanged for future prospective values. The invention, however, calibrates an accurate price for risk vehicles that are both underwritten and traded at the same time. For the seventh example of this method, refer to Table 7, which provides a series of outcomes in 1 year for a special kind of underlying instrument, already explored in Example 6. Under the process of this invention, by following the steps in Table 7 provides the series of prospective outcomes in 1 year for the medical insurance policy, in Column 6A. The risk vehicle has prospective future cashflow outcomes that are both negative and positive. For this example, the method calculates the fair value of a put option with a strike price of $0.00. The payoff function for this put option is: MAX(−Column 6A),0), that is, the maximum of either the negative of a prospective future cashflow value, or zero. In The method then moves to apply a payoff function to the prospective future cashflow outcomes of the underlying, as found in Column 7C, step The method now multiplies the payoff values to their new probability weights, step In Table 7, this means that the distorted probabilities of Column 7B, are multiplied to the payoff values of Column 7D. For example, the distorted probability at the top of Column 7B is 0.1187. The payoff value for that probability at the top of Column 7D is $123. These are multiplied to produce a weighted payoff at the top of Column 7E, which is $14.60. With all of the weighted payoffs filling Column 7E, this satisfies step The method next sums all of the weighted payoffs filling Column 7E, to get an undiscounted Wang Price, step The method then discounts this Wang Price by the risk-free interest rate, step One skilled in the art would notice that fair value for the put option, at $16.71, is greater than the fair value of the underlying risk vehicle, at $1.96. This reflects the fact that the underlying risk vehicle has a significant degree of prospective negative value embedded within the overall slight positive value. In accounting, finance, underwriting, and trading, the prior art is deficient in having a method for providing a fair value, with adjustment for risk, for underlying risk vehicles whose options, contingent payoffs, or payoff functions, are worth more than the underlying risk vehicles. Any comparative fair value between such an underlying and its derivative was rendered not meaningful. The invention, however, calibrates an accurate price for underlying risk vehicles whose options, contingent payoffs, or payoff functions, are worth more than the underlying risk vehicles. This calibration is a useful data result of the invention. For the eighth example of this method, refer to Table 15, which provides a series of two outcomes, success and failure, for a launch of a $200 million commercial satellite. The corporate owner of the satellite wants to purchase an insurance policy to pay $200 million for the destroyed satellite if the launch fails. To find the fair value of the insurance policy, the method follows the steps in The first factor in a two-factor pricing model is the lambda value for the “market price of risk.” The second factor is the “k” number of the degrees of freedom in a Student-t distribution, for parameter uncertainty in a small sample size. Table 15 provides the series of prospective future cashflow outcomes for the satellite launch in Column 15A. The loss amount is $0 for a successful launch, and $200 million for an unsuccessful launch. The respective probabilities for these two prospective outcomes is 0.96 and 0.04, as shown in Column 15B. Statistically, the observed population size of satellite launches is not very large. Out of 50 launches, only 2 have failed. One skilled in the art can follow the steps The experience data for satellites is 10,000,000 times more sparse than that for auto insurance, and the uncertainty attached to the experience requires further compensation. A distribution using “k” degrees of freedom, along with lambda, compensates for this added kind of uncertainty. The method then moves to The TDIST function in Excel returns the Student-t distribution, where X is the numeric value at which to evaluate the distribution, a range of 1 to any arbitrarily large integer, for the number of degrees of freedom to evaluate the distribution, and 1 or 2, for the number of distribution tails to return. In this expression, the inversion of standard normal cumulative distribution of the original probability weights, are first shifted by the lambda value, and then, the Student-t cumulative distribution, as reflected in 1-TDIST, is applied to this expression of shifted weights, with “k” degrees of freedom specified as an integer. The “k” degrees of freedom for this example is the integer 11. This satisfies steps The transformed probabilities are shown in Column 15D. For example, the transformed probability for no loss is 0.9254. The transformed probability for a $200 million loss is still 1.000. This satisfies step The method now moves to decumulate these probabilities, step The method next multiplies each prospective future cashflow outcome, as found in Column 15A, with their respective distorted probability weights, as found in Column 15E. The products of these multiplications are found in Column 15F. For example, the top loss amount in Column 15A is $0. The top distorted probability of this loss amount in Column 15E is 0.9254. The weighted value from multiplying these values is the top weighted value in Column 15F, which is $0. The bottom loss amount in Column 15A is $200 million. The bottom distorted probability of this loss amount in Column 15E is 0.0746. The weighted value from multiplying these values is the bottom weighted value in Column 15F, which is $14.93 million. This satisfies step The method then moves to sum all of the weighted values to get an undiscounted Wang Price, which is $14.93 million, satisfying step The Wang Price, after calibration of lambda, and calibration of the “k” degrees of freedom, and after any needed discounting, is a useful data result, because it represents the present fair value of a liability. This present fair value can be compared to the present fair value of other financial instruments, on an even playing field, so that risk management professionals can identify, monitor, acquire, and dispose of assets and liabilities according to portfolio risks and returns. Referenced by
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